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Geography And Public Life

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It is difficult to speak of a country the size of Western Europe by applying geographic standards that are understood by Europeans. Kazakhstan is somehow comparable with an entire continent, or a giant island, cast into the depths of Eurasia. For the fishermen, Kazakhstan boasts charming places for any kind of fishing (excluding the outlawed pastime of fishing with dynamite). The rail network is an important part of various projects in a series involved in resurrecting the Great Silk Road between Asia and Europe. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan was left with the enormous Baikonur Cosmodrome, the area of which exceeds the territory of the Benelux countries put together. Turkestan remained the official capital for the Kazakh tribes but as the unified state became more fragmented, the leader of each horde established his own headquarters.

Keywords: Baikonur Cosmodrome; Eurasia; Great Silk Road; Kazakhstan; Soviet Union; Turkestan; Western Europe



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